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By Alan Millard, Alfred J. Hoerth, Gerald L. Mattingly, Edwin M. Yamauchi

Special ancient and archaeological essays provide perception into the various humans teams who interacted with and stimulated old Israel

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Alternately, in another myth, Dumuzi is killed by outsiders upon whom Inanna takes revenge. The Dumuzi/Tammuz cult was practiced widely and long throughout the ancient Near East. It is referred to in the Bible in Ezekiel 8:14. The best known of the kings of the First Dynasty of Uruk was Gilgamesh (originally Bilgamesh in Sumerian), whose exploits were rehearsed in several literary compositions. In "Gilgamesh and Agga," Gilgamesh and his servant Enkidu, together with the army of Uruk, face a siege against their city by the forces of Kish, led by Agga (or Akka), their king.

Perhaps from his role as war leader, his position grew in importance until he was the most powerful person in his city-state; and his office became hereditary. A third term, ensi, is not entirely clear, but may refer to a more limited position, perhaps that of an administrator of a city under the wider authority of a lugal when a larger sphere of authority was operative. , Ningirsu, Ninurta). If one were to think in terms of the modern distinction between secular and sacred, then the early Sumerian homeland should be viewed as a sacred milieu.

Cooley (now president of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) became director of the Archaeology and Near Eastern Studies Program at Wheaton College. He helped shape the present focus of the department-to lead students toward an understanding of the historical, cultural, and intellectual backgrounds of ancient Near Eastern civilizations, especially that of the Bible. Under Dr. Cooley's leadership, Wheaton's annual archeology conferences continued, and speakers who could share their specialized knowledge with students, scholars, and laypeople were brought to the campus.

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